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Guide to Washington, DC-Area Airports
Everything you need to know about the airports closest to Washington, DC, including transportation information, airport maps and much more.
There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). Both American Airlines and United Airlines service all three airports.
If you're looking for general information about how to get to all three DC-area airports, discover the best transportation options for your trip.
Which airport are you looking to learn more about?
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD)
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI)
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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. (It’s also the airport you’re most likely to spot senators and representatives heading home to their districts.) Reagan Airport offers nonstop flights to 95-plus destinations on eight airlines.
Please be advised that Reagan National Airport is currently undergoing a phased restoration called Project Journey. Before traveling, we recommend you view all construction advisories at Reagan Airport.
How to Get To/From Reagan Airport
Reagan Airport is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim (a ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-20). Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are also good options to get to and from the airport.
Driving is also a possibility, as the airport has multiple garages and parking lots. For more information, check out the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page.
Reagan Airport Map & Flight Information
Where to Eat & Shop at Reagan Airport
Arrive early or have a layover? Rest assured, there are plenty of dining and shopping options at Reagan Airport. Local favorites include Good Stuff Eatery’s burgers (from former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn), CAVA for fast-casual Mediterranean bowls bursting with flavor and El Centro for pre-flight margaritas.
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Washington Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. Dulles Airport is also the primary international airport for the DC region, with almost 140 nonstop domestic and international destinations on nearly 40 airlines.
How to Get To/From Dulles Airport
Dulles Airport has a dedicated access road that makes getting to or from the airport efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal and a ride into DC will cost about $60-$70.
While the Metro doesn't reach Dulles Airport (construction on a Silver Line extension that will include access to Dulles Airport began in 2014), Washington Flyer offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way and you can purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4.
For more information on parking and car rentals, visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page.
Dulles Airport Map & Flight Information
Dulles Airport is a busy international airport with a number of terminals and gates. Make sure you view the airport and terminal map for the most up-to-date information. The Dulles Airport flight guide will also help with upcoming scheduled flights, as well as arrival and departure information.
Where to Eat & Shop at Dulles Airport
With everything from duty-free souvenirs to high-end designers like Burberry and even a spa, you can satisfy all your dining and shopping needs at Dulles Airport. Look for an outpost of local fave Chef Geoff’s or stop by &pizza for build-your-own personal pies.
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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (referred to as BWI Airport) is a bit further from DC near Baltimore, Md., but oftentimes that means you can find even better flight deals. The airport has grown to 90-plus domestic and international destinations and services more than 25 million passengers each year.
How to Get To/From Baltimore/Washington International Airport
BWI Airport is located 32 miles from DC and is accessible via an MARC/Amtrak train route that picks up and drops off at Union Station. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are also available at the airport. Make sure to visit the BWI Airport transportation page for information about parking, car rentals and more.
Baltimore/Washington Airport Map & Flight Information
This BWI Airport interactive map will help you find your way around the terminals, while the airport’s flight guide is a great resource for finding scheduled flights, as well as arrival and departure information.
Where to Eat & Shop at Baltimore/Washington Airport
BWI Airport has great places to eat and shop for travelers, as well as a fitness center if you’re looking to get in a quick workout before your flight.